Brazil 2016 Rio Olympic Games and 2014 World Cup

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Brazil hosted  the 2014 FIFA World Cup and will host another major sporting event in 2016: Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. National and international media, unions, activists, human rights organizations, and other NGOs have shone a spotlight on abuses caused by the impacts of massive infrastructure projects that were carried out in preparation for the World Cup and for those that are still going to be carried out for preparation of the Olimpcs. A civil society group was created in Brazil named “The National Coalition of Local Committees for a Peoples’ World Cup and Olympics”, which brings together many "popular local committees" in the 12 Brazilian cities that hosted the World Cup football matches. It also includes Rio de Janeiro that hosted World Cup matches and will host the Olympic Games.

The government had promised that any urban construction projects involving, for instance, resettlement of communities and improvements in urban mobility (e.g. Bus Rapid Transit projects), would be conducted with citizen participation in the decision making process and transparency. It was claimed that the projects would benefit the most marginalised groups; however, the reality has been somewhat different. In recent months and years, several reports have been published and submitted to local and international authorities containing allegations of human rights abuses such as forced displacements and evictions, forced labour, discrimination, lack of consultation of affected communities, child labour, and violent repression of protesters.

Many of these allegations involve abuses committed by or with the complicity of private companies. The World Cup was and the Olympic Games are an opportunity to push for positive change. This page features some of the main developments and coverage on human rights in Brazil related to the major sporting events, highlighting the role and responsibilities of companies operating there. We will continue to add new reports & coverage on an ongoing basis.

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27 July 2016

Commentary: Brazil fails to avoid largescale corruption, forced removals & abandoned promises characterising previous Olympic hosts

Author: David Goldblatt’s The Games: A Global History of the Olympics is published by Macmillan/The Guardian

“Rio 2016 buildup part of the chaotic and corrupt tradition of Olympic hosts-Preparations have often been a mess but Rio’s buildup may be the most disorderly yet – and no matter how special the Games a disaster of unprecedented proportions will have...

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26 July 2016
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Author: Mario Osava, IPS

“Saneamento fica sem medalha-A grande frustração dos Jogos Olímpicos, que começarão no dia 5 no Rio de Janeiro, será o não cumprimento de metas e promessas de saneamento ambiental de seus corpos de água.”, 26 de julho de 2016...

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26 July 2016
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Author: Marcella Fernandes, Brasil Post/Geledés (Brazil)

“Comitê olímpico insiste em deixar umbanda e candomblé fora do centro ecumênico”, 26 de julho de 2016...

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26 July 2016

Brazil: Agência Pública says residents evicted for Olympics are receiving unauthorized charges from Banco do Brasil regarding their housing program; includes company comments

Author: Jessica Mota, Agência Pública/RioonWatch (Brazil)

“City Breaks Agreement, Leaving Residents Evicted for Olympics in Debt”, 26 July 2016...

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25 July 2016

Brazil: Civil society alleges Olympics Media will stay in apartments built with slave labour on slave burial ground & environmentally protected area

Author: Daniel Gross, RioOnWatch

“Olympics Media to Stay in Apartments Built with Slave Labor on Slave Burial Ground”, 17 July 2016....

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23 July 2016
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Author: Daniel Gross, RioOnWatch

“Vila da Mídia para as Olimpíadas Construída com Trabalho Escravo Sobre Cemitério de Escravos”, 19 de julho de 2016...

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23 June 2016
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23 June 2016

Brazil: UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights presents in Geneva complaints, criticisms & recommendations to govt. and companies

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3 June 2016
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Author: Comitê Popular Rio Copa e Olimpíadas (Brazil)

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1 June 2016
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Author: Claire Lepercq e Clare Huggins, RioOnWatch

“As Árvores Tombadas da Vila Autódromo: Rio Derruba Legado Ambiental dos Jogos Olímpico”, 1o de junho de 2016...

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